For the first time in the history of So You Think You Can Dance
, the show will take an entire week off and air zero (0) new episodes. Granted, So You Think You Can Dance
is only in its third year of existence, but now any thoughts of a Cal Ripken-sized streak have been drop-kicked out the window. The reason for this hiatus is, of course, the fact that the Fourth of July, Independence Day, a time for barbecue and beer and fireworks and tacky flag-themed apparel, is this Wednesday, a day that typically houses two-hour editions of So You Think You Can Dance
during the summer. Wisely, FOX decided that viewers would likely not be willing to spend the holiday on their couch and gave the dancers the week off, which I'm sure was much appreciated by all the contestants.
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In its stead, FOX had originally planned to burn the final two unaired episodes of the short-lived drama Drive
, but that plan was nixed. Those last two Drive
episodes will now air on Friday, July 13. Replacing Drive
as Fourth of July viewing fare is the Adam Sandler/Jack Nicholson powerhouse of comedy Anger Management
It's somewhat surprising that So You Think You Can Dance
doesn't normally schedule a couple of random off weeks during the summer. Executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe has been outspoken about how physically demanding the schedule is for the show's dancers. By the middle of the season, most contestants are nursing injuries, yet aren't given adequate time to recover. Last season, it was Donyelle Jones
that was hit hard by the injury bug, as she performed much of the season at less than full strength.
A schedule is a schedule, one supposes, and FOX isn't about to let a few reality contestant's boo-boos to affect the bottom line.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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